Streaking Crusaders join Oakland Mills; Basketball Academy, Windy City Challenge highlights big week


by Derek Toney
 
After a 4-0 showing last week, St. Paul’s School has earned a spot in the latest VSN Boys Basketball Top 20 poll. The Crusaders, who are tied for first in the MIAA B Conference, debut at No. 16.
 
Oakland Mills is back in the poll (co-No. 20), thanks to a road victory at Atholton. The defending co-Howard County champions are in a tight race with Atholton, Centennial, Reservoir and Wilde Lake in HoCo. 
 
Mount St. Joseph remains No. 1 followed by St. Frances Academy, Poly, Patterson and Dulaney. The Gaels host sixth-ranked Boys’ Latin School Wednesday evening in a battle of the lone remaining undefeated squads in MIAA A Conference play.
 
Patterson hosts Poly Tuesday in arguably the most anticipated game of the Baltimore City league season. The winner gains a clear path to next month’s city title game.
 

St. Frances hosts perennial Chicago powerhouse Simeon in the 3rd annual Charm City vs. Windy City Challenge Saturday. No. 4 Patterson will play defending Illinois 3A state champ Morgan Park in the opening match.

 
Another huge event this week is the 23rd annual Basketball Academy at Morgan State University. Fifth-ranked Dulaney, No. 8 Lake Clifton and 11th-ranked Edmondson will be in action.
 
Pictured above: Under first-year coach Phil Hahn (center), St. Paul’s has first place in the MIAA B Conference. The Crusaders are 16th in this week’s VSN Boys Basketball Top 20.
 
Here is the entire VSN Boys Basketball Top 20 for week 6:

VSN BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 6

1. MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH (14-3)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: The Gaels defeated then-No. 9 Annapolis Area Christian School, 79-54, and lost to St. Maria Goretti, 64-53.

This week: vs. No. 6 Boys’ Latin School, Jan. 16; vs. No. 9 McDonogh School, Jan. 18

2.  ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (17-3)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: The Panthers defeated John Carroll School, 90-42.

This week: vs. No. 10 McDonogh School, Jan. 16; vs. Archbishop Spalding, Jan. 18; vs. Simeon (IL), Charm City vs. Windy City Showcase at St. Frances, Jan. 19

3. POLY (8-3)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: The Engineers defeated Southwestern, 73-20.

This week: at No. 4 Patterson, Jan. 15; vs. Mount Zion Academy (NC), Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills (PA), Jan. 19

 

4. PATTERSON (10-2)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: The Clippers defeated Reginald Lewis, 69-34, and Dunbar, 90-58.

This week: vs. No. 3 Poly, Jan. 15; vs. Morgan Park (IL), Charm City vs. Windy City Showcase at St. Frances Academy, Jan. 19

5. DULANEY (8-1)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: The Lions defeated Parkville, 103-45, and Milford Mill Academy, 91-62.

This week: at Hereford, Jan. 16; vs. Dunbar, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 18; vs. No. 8 Lake Clifton, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

6. BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL (18-3)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: The Lakers defeated then-No. 11 Loyola Blakefield, 70-50.

This week: at No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, Jan. 16; at No. 13 Glenelg Country School, Jan. 18; at No. 16 St. Paul’s School, Jan. 19

 

7. NEW TOWN (10-1)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: The Titans went 3-0, defeating Loch Raven (75-45), Pikesville (78-55) and Kenwood (87-51).

This week: at Milford Mill Academy, Jan. 16; at Patapsco, Jan. 18

8. LAKE CLIFTON (10-1)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: The Lakers defeated Douglass, 77-50.

This week: at Carver Vo-Tech, Jan. 15; vs. Theodore Roosevelt (DC), Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 18; vs. No. 5 Dulaney, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

9. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (12-4)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: The Eagles defeated Calvert Hall College, 53-50, and Gilman School, 65-61.

This week: at No. 2 St. Frances Academy, Jan. 16; at No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, Jan. 18

10. LIBERTY (11-0)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: The Lions defeated Century (79-78), Brunswick (63-37), and Francis Scott Key (59-48).

This week: at Patterson Mill, Jan. 18

11. EDMONDSON (10-1)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: The Red Storm defeated Forest Park, 60-35, and Carver Vo-Tech, 82-41.

This week: at Coppin Academy, Jan. 15; vs. Calvert Hall College, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 17; vs. Oxon Hill, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

12. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (12-9)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: The Dons lost to St. Maria Goretti, 62-50; defeated Archbishop Spalding, 67-44, and lost to No. 6 Boys’ Latin School, 70-50.

This week: vs. John Carroll School, Jan. 18

13. GLENELG COUNTRY SCHOOL (12-5)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: The Dragons went 3-0, defeating Archbishop Spalding (61-53), Mount Carmel (64-56), and then-No. 9 Annapolis Area Christian School (58-56).

This week: vs. No. 6 Boys’ Latin School, Jan. 18

14. ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (10-4)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: The Eagles lost to then-No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, 79-54, and then-No. 15 Glenelg Country School, 58-56.

This week: at Gilman School, Jan. 18

15. BROADNECK (11-2)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: The Bruins defeated Severna Park, 38-35, and Northeast, 74-57.

This week: vs. No. 19 Old Mill, Jan. 15; at Arundel, Jan. 18

16. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL (11-5)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Crusaders went 4-0, defeating Archbishop Curley (53-49), St. Mary’s (57-45), then-No. 16 Gerstell Academy (55-53) and Indian Creek School (55-44).

This week: vs. St. John’s Catholic Prep, Jan. 16; vs. Severn School, Jan. 18; vs. No. 6 Boys’ Latin School, Jan. 19

17. RESERVOIR (8-3)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: The Gators defeated then-No. 17 Wilde Lake, 71-66, and Hammond, 68-62.

This week: vs. Glenelg, Jan. 16; at Marriotts Ridge, Jan. 18

18. WILDE LAKE (8-2)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: The Wildecats lost to then-No. 19 Reservoir, 71-66, and defeated Mount Hebron, 64-60.

This week: at Howard, Jan. 16; vs. Long Reach, Jan. 18

19. OLD MILL (8-3)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: The Patriots defeated Northeast, 58-50, and Annapolis, 82-61.

This week: at No. 15 Broadneck, Jan. 15; at Glen Burnie, Jan. 18

20. ELKTON (10-0)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: The Elks defeated Bohemia Manor, 91-58, and Rising Sun, 66-48.

This week: vs. North East, Jan. 15; vs. Perryville, Jan. 17

20. OAKLAND MILLS (9-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Scorpions defeated then-No. 18 Atholton, 76-64, and Howard, 78-52.

This week: at Mount Hebron, Jan. 16; vs. Centennial, Jan. 18